- Highlight your community's commitment to inclusion by passing a resolution and joining the Partnership for Working Toward Inclusive Communities.
- Bring attention to your community's effort around affordable housing, race and ethnic relations, equal citizen participation in community decision-making and programs for the disabled.
- Share valuable insights, experiences and lessons learned. You may wish to utilize your local cable television media to host a dialogue on what it means to be an inclusive community.
- Recognize, publicize and celebrate the work of elected and appointed public officials and individuals in your city who have helped to make your city an inclusive community.
Source: www.nlc.org/inside_nlc/committees___councils/820.cfm, accessed June 10, 2006
To assist in that effort, the NLC provides a number of resources:
- A form to help participants share examples of Inclusive City Programs.
- An open invitation to send digital photos or videos to NLC so participating cities are recognized in NLC publications and web pages.
- And Five Great Reasons to Live in a Small City or Town (in "America Celebrates Its Small Cities and Towns," a 06/05/06 Small Cities Press Release):
- Everyone knows everyone else, so your kids have to behave better!
- Going to the grocery store can turn into a mini town hall meeting so be prepared to stay awhile wherever you go.
- If you double park for five minutes, no one honks the horn.
- Citizens really get involved so you can actually accomplish something.
- Everyone feels like they have a stake in "MY town."
Need more ideas to commemorate the day? Read about the town profiled in my Blog Critics article, "06-06-06 is a Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day," and Lisa Tolliver On Air and Online posting, "Bodacious Bonza Bottler Day 06-06-06 is an occasion for fetes, not threats." Although the municipality is not on the NLC membership list, there isn't a snowball's chance in Hell that that unincorporated Michigan hamlet (pop. 266) wouldn't know how to optimize a high profile promotional opportunity.